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Put Radon on Your Radar

Just because you can’t see or smell radon doesn’t mean it can’t hurt you. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this colorless, odorless gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.

Understanding radon and its risks: Radon is a naturally occurring gas found in soil, rocks, and water that can move into homes, schools, and other buildings from the ground. Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada are prone to higher levels of radon, and its radioactive particles can get trapped in buildings, becoming dangerous after long-term exposure.

Testing for radon: Testing is inexpensive, easy, and the only way to know whether you and your family are at risk for exposure. The Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Surgeon General recommend testing all homes for radon.

Fortunately, there are simple, cost-effective ways to fix a radon problem. Even very high levels of radon can be reduced to acceptable levels. These resources offer more information and directions for ordering a test kit:

Jeff Miner is the owner of Radon at Tahoe, providing radon awareness and education, including testing and remedying radon levels, after his own personal experience with radon in his home.